Copyright Licence for Local Governments

Exchanging and retaining information about current and historical events is critical for local governments. However, it is easy to breach copyright laws by inadvertently copying and sharing content without permission.

Most literary works are covered by copyright. If your employees copy and share text, tables, graphs or images that were created by others, they’ll usually need permission from the copyright owner to do so. This includes content from:

  • Local, metropolitan, national and international newspapers and magazines
  • Websites
  • Industry publications
  • Reports.

Research conducted by independent market research agency FiftyFive5 shows that:

  • 45% of employees don’t think about complying with copyright laws when doing their role,
  • 49% of employees access published content to keep up to date with the latest developments, and
  • 58% of employees believe it’s their organisation’s responsibility to be copyright compliant when they are downloading, copying, or saving content for work purpose.

Our Copyright Licence for Local Governments gives your staff the freedom to legally copy and share third party literary content. As we pay royalties to the creators whose works you reuse, you’ll foster the creation of new content which will benefit your organisation in the future.


Copy and share global content

Specifically tailored to the sector, our Copyright Licence for Local Governments gives you the right to copy and share hard copy and digital content*, including:

  • Local, regional, national and international newspapers and magazines
  • Key sources such as local government sector-specific journals and magazines
  • Plus graphs, tables, research papers, market research data, competitive analysis and more.*

Key benefits to your business

  • Speed and efficiency

    Enjoy a fast and unencumbered flow of information

  • Ease of use

    One licence covers copyright material from millions of sources

  • Peace of mind

    All of your staff can legally reuse our members’ content*

  • Collaboration

    Share Australian newspaper articles outside council

  • Learning and innovation

    Create a culture that allows employees to share material freely

Establish a world-best business practice

Your licence:

  • Covers your entire organisation for internal use and the sharing of selected content externally.
  • Saves you from having to negotiate licence fees with individual copyright owners. One annual licence fee allows your staff to copy and share content from millions of sources.
  • Legitimises material in records management systems and internal servers and hard drives. Reproductions of print material arrive at Council through different channels and in many instances permissions would have to be obtained to retain a copy.
  • Reduces your risk of being brought into a copyright dispute. Protect your reputation and avoid potential litigation expenses.
  • Offers a fair fee structure. Our fee is tailored to your sector and is based on the number of employees.

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